Counselling and Psychotherapy

Can talking about it really help?       I believe it can.

Many people experience a time in their lives when anxieties of all kinds seem to overwhelm them. Talking about these in a non-judgmental, confidential space with an experienced, qualified counsellor and psychotherapist can allow you to explore your emotional issues safely and help you come to terms with them.
I can help anyone who is struggling with :

  •  feeling stressed and anxious
  •  a lack of confidence, low self esteem or feelings of underachievement
  •  the loss of a sense of purpose in life
  •  an inability to make or sustain relationships
  •  repeatedly being involved in destructive, unsatisfactory relationships
  •  feeling depressed, sad or empty
  •  loss, such as bereavement, divorce or redundancy
  •  unresolved issues from the past
  •  sexuality issues
  •  family conflicts
  •  problems at work

If you are feeling the need to talk about matters which are causing you anxiety and concern, contact me for a free consultation :

by telephone on 01803 863968
by email at

My consulting rooms are situated in Totnes. I am committed to making my services widely available and my fees are negotiable. I am a  registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

For anyone who would wish to talk about their concerns but are prevented by distance or any other obstacle I can offer telephone or online counselling.

Further information can found at http://www.

Charles Sharpe






It is hope that it may be re-arranged for some future date in 2021.


Adam Phillips, On Not Having Experiences, Limbus Lecture

Farhad Dalal has written to tell us about a lecture which has been added to this year’s programme of Limbus lectures.

On May 2nd, 2020, Adam Phillips will be presenting a talk, On Not Having Experiences. The event will be held between 10.30am and 1pm (arrivals from 10am) at Studio 3, The Space, Dartington Hall, Totnes. The entrance fee is £20 and may be paid at the door or a place can be booked online at

Adam Phillips is a British psychoanalyst, essayist and author of a number of well known books, which include amongst many others: On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored; Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life; Winnicott; and On Kindness.
His most recent books are Attention Seeking and The Cure for Psychoanalysis.

Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud. He is also a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. Joan Acocella, writing in The New Yorker, described Phillips as “Britain’s foremost psychoanalytic writer”, an opinion echoed by historian Élisabeth Roudinesco in Le Monde.

He has always believed psychoanalysis to be closer to poetry than medicine: “For me, psychoanalysis has always been of a piece with the various languages of literature-a kind of practical poetry.” From 1990 to 1997 he was Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Phillips worked in the National Health Service for seventeen years but became disillusioned with its tightening bureaucratic demands. He currently divides his time between writing and his private practice in Notting Hill. He has been a visiting professor at the University of York English department since 2006

Travel Complications. Please give extra time to drive up to Dartington Hall, because the ‘Lower Drive’ to Dartington Hall is closed. This being the road you turn right into as you drive out of Totnes, past Kevics and ‘Swallowfields’. (you are still able to walk up this road).

To access Dartington Hall, whilst driving out of Totnes on the A385, after Shinners Bridge (A384), turn right at the roundabout in Dasrtington, go straight on at the small roundabout and turn right at St.Mary’s Church.


The Next Limbus Lecture at Dartington

Farad Dalal writes to remind us about  the next Limbus Lecture on September 17 and about future Limbus events at Dartington.

Sept 17, Sally Sales  ‘Intensely in danger, intensely attached: Childhood and new practices of 
Mothering in a contemporary culture of risk.’
10.30 to 1pm. £20
On Line Booking through the website is now open (recommended)
Or come and pay at the door.

If you intend to pay at the door, please arrive well before 10.30 to avoid holdups.

Full Details can be found on the Limbus website:

Abstract: This paper will be an exploration of mothering and childhood today. The paper will be
proposing that how we mother and how we regard children has undergone a shift in the last 20
years.  Drawing on arange of sociological research and the authors own clinical practice,
Sally Sales will suggest that there has been an intensification in thefield of mother child
relationships framed by a social and personal concern with risk.  Assessing risk now dominates
parenting practices and childhood has become an enormously surveillanced area ofintimate
life.  What kind of children are we now raising and what kind of experience has mothering

become in these new conditions of vigilance and danger.

Dr Sally Sales is a psychoanalyst in private practice and chair of training for the Site for
Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Cornwall.  She is also a visiting research fellow at University of
West of England where she is running a project on adoption and class.  Her most recent
publications are: ‘Contested attachments: re-thinking adoptive kinship in the era of open
adoption’ (2013) Child & Family Social Work) and Adoption, Family and the Paradox of Origins: A 
Foucauldian History (2012) Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
The Following Event is on :
Nov12, with Margaret Landale ‘The Present Moment -Cultivating embodied attainment and


And even earlier notice of our 2017 programme – put the dates in your diary!

Feb 25, Kelly Camilleri
May 20, Sally Weintrobe
Sep 16, Paul Zeal
Nov 11, Sue Mizen



Celebrating Mental Health and Keeping Cool : Cool Rethink Summer Party

Claudia Benzies has sent an announcement of a special event to held in Totnes on July 22nd. 2016. A Cool Rethink Summer Party will be held on Friday, July 22nd at the Royal Seven Stars Ballroom, Totnes, TQ9 5PN.

You are invited to drop by and have some fun, meet & make friends, try something different, and to learn & share.

There will be activities throughout the day.


10.00-17.00 South Hams Community & Voluntary Services; information & support for volunteers & voluntary groups

10.30-17.00 Rethink, peer support, information

11.00-14.00 Bridge Collective (Exeter) an opportunity for voice-hearers to share their experiences with others and to raise awareness.

11.30-12.30 Boxing /Body Rehab session -Ash Hill

11.00-16.00 Making bunting for your festival tent, windbreak and garden party with Pam

12.00-13.00 Bartons Solicitors : Talk on Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney with a Q and A session.


12.30-17.00 Recovery Devon information, display stand, leaflets, learning College – James Woolridge

13.00-16.00 Drink Wise, Age Well display and information stand

14.00-15.00 Managing Stress – Katie Porkess

15.00-16.00 Boxing /Body Rehab session

15.30-17.00 Cream Teas (£2) & music with John Connor

16.00-17.30 Anger Management – Kate Smith, Cool Therapies

17.00-18.00 Writing your story
- Amanda Cuthbert

18.00-19.00 Introduction to Kung Fu. Qi Gong/Shibashi – Matt Bindon

19.00-20.00 Qi Gong session
_ Matt Bindon

TBC Time Out with Hector Krome (Talk)

& more ………..

All Day

Cool Art exhibition

Rethink mental illiness : display stand, leaflets, starting a peer group & more

For more information contact Claudia Benzies on 07712210300, Or Email help& Mobile 07756965814


The next Limbus lecture at Dartington, November 14th,2015


Stephen Roundhill  November 14

Being Mindful of the Brain: Neuropsychology in Context

Over recent years neuroscience has been more and more present in our lives, from the popular science bookshelves to the now familiar sight of MR scans in the press documenting the latest discoveries or hopes for the future. A wave of therapies appear to have sought credence and acceptance by the incorporation of neuroscientific ideas within their theories, and neuropsychology has ridden high on the crest of this swell.
This talk will consider the practice of neuropsychology from a personal perspective and evolving viewpoint on the contribution of neurosciences to our understanding. Do neuropsychology and neuroscience have much to offer in informing individual practice, and what might be the limitations and pitfalls of such an approach?

Stephen Roundhill is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. He works mostly with people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), in the independent sector. This involves both assessment of the influence of brain injury and working with clients and families to ‘cope’ (such a small word!) with the myriad of changes that often accompany such injuries. His earlier research interests regarded the experience of loss and adjustment following TBI, and subsequently he has maintained a focus on working therapeutically within rehabilitative frameworks.

You can download a flyer here. Please put it up on any appropriate notice boards you might have access to.
As always, you can book your place in advance through the website

Check into the Challenging CBT Website for updates

Future Events 2016 – Dates for your diary

Feb 27             Otto Rheinschmeidt                  The Fictions of Dreams
May 21             Margaret Landale                     Attunement & Empathy
Sep 17              Sally Sales                             TBA

Abstracts and Biographies on website


Limbus Lecture : Kid’s Company: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Working with Children and Young People presented by Jocylene Quenelle and Lizzie Smosarksi

On Saturday, September 19th, 2015  the next Limbus Lecture, Kid’s Company: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Working with Children and Young People will be given by Jocylene Quenelle along with Lizzie Smosarksi.

It will take place at Studio 3, The Space, Dartington Hall, nr. Totnes, Devon.

Those attending are asked to arrive from 10am for a 10.30 start. Proceedings will finish at about  1pm.  The cost is £20. For further details of the presentation You can download a flyer here.
You can book your place in advance through the website

Future Events 2015/16 – Dates for your diary
Nov 14             Stephen Roundhill                    Neuropsychology in context
Feb 27             Otto Rheinschmeidt                  On Dreams
May 21             Margaret Landale                     Attunement & Empathy
Sep 17              Sally Sales                             TBA


Challenging The Cognitive Behavioural Therapies : The Overselling of CBT’s Evidence Bases

A Limbus Critical Psychotherapy Conference

November  1st and 2nd, 2014



Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, England


Jonathan Shedler – Where is the Evidence Based Therapy?

Hannah Sitter Randen – The Story of CBT  in Sweden: Its Rise and Fall

Del Loewenthal – NICE work if you can get it: Evidence and Research as Cultural, Politically Influenced Practices

Oliver James – Happiness, CBT and Apple Pie

Farhad Dalal – Statistical Spin, Linguistic Obfuscation: the Art of Overselling

Sarah Wollaston (MP  for Totnes) – Chair of Panel Discussion


Register now for £115; full fee after June 30th, £130





A useful link : Limbus

Limbus was established 20 years ago. Its prime purpose is to organize lectures and events of interest to those in the psychological professions – particularly psychotherapists and counsellors – but they are also of interest to others within the helping professions in the south-west of England.

Limbus organizes four lectures or events a year. Limbus is a non profit organization run entirely by volunteers.

The lectures or events take place on Saturday mornings at Studio 3 on the Dartington Estate near Totnes. There is no need to book in advance. Turn up at 10am (when coffee and tea is served) for a 10.30am start and a 13.00pm finish. The fee for each event is £20.